Histories of Now: Art, Digital Media + Contemporary Social Movements   


March 9, 2012, 1–7 pm
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Free tickets are available at any MFA ticketing desk/kiosk

Join us for a symposium in conjunction with the "Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo" exhibition at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), co-organized by metaLAB(at)Harvard. Download the flyer.

"Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo" brings together work by some of the most inspiring and influential video and new-media artists working in Egypt today. This exhibition provides a remarkable opportunity to consider the consequences of the rise of art and digital media production in the midst of social movements around the globe. Histories of Now: Art, Digital Media + Contemporary Social Movements brings together artists, mediamakers, designers, activists and scholars, to share and develop vocabularies, research methods, preliminary conclusions and future strategies for understanding, and writing, the now and its multiple histories.

Three main points—the Contested Present, Condense/Disperse, and Future Tellings—will form our discussion of contemporary art, digital media and processes of social transformation with a special focus on the two cities engaged by this exhibition, Cairo and Boston. The event includes round-table discussions, audio/visual texts—some from the show, others created for the symposium—Q+A sessions with in-person and virtual audiences and a closing reception at SMFA's Grossman Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Participants include: Ahmed Abdalla, SMFA; Matthew Battles, metaLAB (at) Harvard; Dalida MarĂ­a Benfield, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard & Occupy Research; Beth Coleman, MIT; John Ford, Occupy Boston; Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Harvard University; Mary Ellen Strom, SMFA.

In conjunction with the "Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo" exhibition at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), co-organized by metaLAB(at)Harvard.